Prices rose at a slower pace for: food and beverages (2.36 percent from 3.51 percent in April); health (7.84 percent from 8.91 percent); personal expenses (5.32 percent from 6.5 percent) and education (8.04 percent from 8.12 percent). In addition, prices fell for furnishings; household equipment (-0.4 percent from 0.46 percent). On the other hand, cost increased more for housing and utilities (4.07 percent from 3.72 percent); transport (1.84 percent from 1.68 percent) and clothing (2.35 percent from 2.28 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.31 percent, higher than 0.14 percent in April, mainly due to an 8.98 percent jump in electricity cost. In April, electricity prices fell 6.39 percent after discounts were made in order to compensate consumers for improper collection in 2016.